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Turkey trial begins into Ghosn escape from Japan

Istanbul - The trial opened in Turkey on Friday of seven suspects over the audacious escape of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn from Japan to Lebanon via Istanbul in December, local media reported.

Walkie, no talkie: Japan city launches pedestrian smartphone ban

Kamisoyagi - A Tokyo suburb on Wednesday imposed Japan's first ban on a habit seen around the world: pedestrians glued to their phone screens while walking, sometimes dangerously oblivious to their surroundings.

Tokyo court rejects damages for man forcibly sterilised at age 14

Apo - A Japanese pensioner forcibly sterilised as a 14-year-old under a now-defunct eugenics law failed Tuesday in a legal bid for $280,000 in state compensation.

Japan university awards first-ever ninja studies degree

Apo - Japan has produced its first ninja studies graduate after Genichi Mitsuhashi spent two years honing his martial arts skills and absorbing the finer traditions of the feudal martial arts agents.

Japan confirms scrapping US missile defence system

Apo - Japan has scrapped the deployment of a multi-billion-dollar US anti-missile system, the government confirmed Thursday, days after saying the programme had been suspended.

Need for speed: Japan supercomputer is world's fastest

Apo - Japan's Fugaku supercomputer, built with government backing and used in the fight against coronavirus, is now ranked as the world's fastest, its developers announced Monday.

Japan city to rename area of islands disputed with China

Apo - A local council in southern Japan voted Monday to rename an area including islands disputed with China and Taiwan, a move Beijing denounced as illegal and a "serious provocation".

Mysterious 'UFO' captures imaginations in Japan

Apo - It's hardly the stuff of little green men, but a mysterious balloon-like object seen floating across the skies of northern Japan has captured national attention, even prompting questions to the government.

Pandemic pushes Japan geisha to get online

Hakone - Japanese geisha "Chacha" sits on her knees with her fingertips neatly placed on the wooden floor, gracefully bowing to an audience sitting not in front of her but miles away, watching online.

20 sumo wrestlers rescue drowning woman in Tokyo: reports

Apo - Twenty sumo wrestlers flexed their muscles outside the ring to rescue a woman from drowning in a Tokyo river on Thursday, according to local news reports.

Hug me tender: scientists unlock the secret to the perfect cuddle

Apo - In this era of social distancing and depressing news, we could all do with a good hug. Now scientists have analysed what makes the perfect cuddle -- just don't squeeze too tight.

Japan MPs pass record coronavirus budget

Apo - Japan's powerful lower house of parliament approved an emergency budget worth nearly $300 billion Wednesday, doubling the scale of measures to pep up the world's third-biggest economy after the coronavirus tipped it into recession.

Honda cyberattack halts plants in India, Brazil

Apo - Honda plants in Brazil and India have halted operations as the Japanese carmaker battles to recover from a cyberattack that affected several factories worldwide.

Nintendo says 300,000 accounts breached after hack

Apo - Japanese gaming giant Nintendo has admitted that hackers have breached 300,000 accounts since early April, gaining access to personal information such as birthdays and email addresses but not credit-card details.

Japan network NHK pulls US protest anime in racism row

Apo - Japan's national broadcaster NHK Tuesday apologised and deleted an animation depicting Black Lives Matter protests in the US after widespread complaints of racism -- including from the US embassy and tennis star Naomi Osaka.

Virus travel bans separate families even as lockdowns ease

Apo - When Julie Sergent's father died, she faced an agonising decision: if she travelled from her home in Japan to attend the funeral in France, she wouldn't be allowed back.

Gran Theft Auto: finger flexes keep 90-year-old gamer console-ready

Apo - Every day, 90-year-old Japanese grandma Hamako Mori flexes her fingers to keep them nimble. Not for knitting or needlepoint, but to keep them in shape for playing video games.

Japanese bathhouses awash with post-lockdown customers

Kitakata - Masazumi Kato sighed deeply as he lowered himself into a tub at a public bathhouse in a Tokyo suburb, enjoying a return to a Japanese tradition largely off-limits during the city's coronavirus lockdown.

Japan Netflix star's death sparks calls for cyberbullying rules

Apo - The death of a young Japanese reality TV star targeted by online abuse has sparked an outpouring of grief in the country and calls for stronger measures to tackle cyberbullying.

Chile suspect to remain free ahead of extraditon: court

Santiago - Chile's top court on Wednesday denied prosecutors' requests to jail a 29-year-old man awaiting extradition to France to face charges of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend.

Empty Japan stadiums could soon hear the sound of app-lause

Apo - A new Japanese smartphone app will allow fans to send virtual cheers and jeers to sports stadiums in the hope of creating atmosphere at matches played behind closed doors due to coronavirus.

No screams please: Japanese funfairs prepare for virus era

Apo - No screaming on the rollercoaster, socially distant spooks in the haunted house and please refrain from high-fiving your favourite superhero: welcome to Japanese amusement parks in the coronavirus era.

Man arrested over deadly arson at Japanese animation studio

Apo - Japanese police on Wednesday formally arrested a man on suspicion of an arson attack on an animation studio in Kyoto last year that killed 36 people, a police spokesman said.

Man arrested after swimming moat to enter Japan palace grounds

Apo - A Japanese man was arrested in Tokyo on Monday after swimming across the Imperial Palace's moat to scale an outer wall, entering off-limits parts of the grounds, police said.

Melon-aires not required as Japan premium fruit prices plunge

Apo - A pair of premium Japanese melons sold Monday for just a slice of the five million yen ($46,000) reached at auction last year, as the coronavirus bites hard.

Japan set to lift coronavirus emergency as cases slow

Apo - Japan was poised to lift its nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus on Monday, gradually reopening the world's third-biggest economy after new cases slowed to a crawl.

Gobble gobble: Pac-Man turns 40

Apo - Forty years ago, a new video game featuring a bright yellow, dot-chomping, ghost-dodging character called Pac-Man appeared in Tokyo. It would become the most successful arcade game of all time.

'Insensitive' Japan Olympic coronavirus logo pulled after row

Apo - A satirical mock-up depicting the Tokyo Olympics logo as the new coronavirus has been pulled after Olympic organisers branded it "insensitive" and said it infringed copyright.

Japan newborn gets liver stem cells in world first

Apo - Doctors in Japan have successfully transplanted liver cells derived from embryonic stem cells into a newborn baby, in a world first that could provide new treatment options for infants.

Japan to seek extradition of alleged Ghosn accomplices held in US

Apo - Japanese prosecutors said Thursday they would seek the extradition of a former special forces soldier and his son, arrested in the United States and accused of helping fugitive former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn jump bail and flee Japan.
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